Intercultural dating relationships

Nathalie says Australian families of previous partners were more open to homosexuality.

It's a cultural difference but religion is also a factor, she explains."My immediate family are definitely OK with my sexuality, but extended family wouldn't be as [much]."Nicole's grandparents still wouldn't really be OK about her being gay.

Although they "really hit it off", she says they had their reservations after meeting in person because they are so different physically.

But they kept talking and had "the best conversations".

"[Stuart] was going to organise how we were going to get from Naples Airport to Positano, and he was like, 'We'll just wing it when we get there, it'll be alright.

But she notes his mother was impressed by her homemade pasta.

Some of these relationships are also interracial, meaning that the couple are from different ethnicities or races.

An estimated 14 percent of marriages in the United States are interracial, according to a the Council on Contemporary Families.

Monique, 28, sums up their cultural differences as "he's pretty laid back and I'm pretty German"."I'm pretty punctual …

and like to organise everything and Aussies are a bit more laid back and relaxed," she says, using their "mega honeymoon" as an example.

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